Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.
Friday, May 5
Fri 5/05 7:00 PM Medicine for Nightmares [3036 24th St SF]
Ben Goldberg – clarinet
Danny Lubin-Laden – trombone
Raffi Garabedian – tenor saxophone
Ben Davis – cello
Jordan Glenn – drums
Fri 5/05 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Fri 5/05 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Saturday, May 6
Sat 5/06 4:00 PM St. Mark’s Episcopal Church [600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA]
To Burst to Bloom celebrates spring, awakening, and the joy of vibrant life. Like a flower lifts towards the sun, the pieces in this concert embody life’s vitality, uplift, and resilience. Through works such as Joan Szymko’s “Stars in Your Bones,” Rollo Dilworth’s “Shine On Me,” Thomas Morley’s lilting “April is in My Mistress’ Face,” and Alejandro Yagüe’s beautiful contemporary work, “Historietas del Viento,” the Peninsula Women’s Chorus will sonify what it is to turn one’s face towards the sun.
Sat 5/06 6:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Improvisation Is the Key, hosted by Lewis Jordan—
First Saturdays in May and June, May 6 • June 3
• Open Workshop and Playground in free improvisation
• Spontaneously Assembled Small Groups will collaborate
• Bring your instrument, your body, your poetry
Sat 5/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Gabriel Zucker is a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York, whose work combines maximalist compositions with the progressive improvisation of New York’s creative music scene.
Sat 5/06 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Nicholas Deyoe: R/S + Joshuah Maya Garcia: Derealization: Love, & Jealousy // R/S is a longform ambient guitar solo written for a custom-built double neck guitar.
Sat 5/06 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Bill Orcutt Guitar Quartet
Sunday, May 7
Sun 5/07 4:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
This concert marks the birth a the new duo: Sarah Grace Graves and Eda Er, both singers & composers interested in experimental storytelling
Sun 5/07 7:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
duo B. / David Slusser + SAFA SHOKRAI
David Slusser and SAFA SHOKRAI present “Cinema,” a game-piece score for improvisation.
duo B. (Lisa Mezzacappa, bass + JASON LEVIS, drums) preview/premiere “Incomplete, Open” (2023), a new work for improvising duo with network-based scoring system designed & programmed by TIM PERKIS.
Sun 5/07 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up.
Sun 5/07 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
The Shape of Minds to Come: John Duncan, Schneider TM, Scot Jenerik, Chandra Shukla, Thomas Dimuzio
Monday, May 8
Mon 5/08 8:00 PM Little Hill Lounge [10753 San Pablo Ave El Cerrito]
A regular evening of instrumental improvisation with Miles Lassi, Skyway Man, Zekarias Thompson (plus special guest) featuring DJ Andy Cabic (of Vetiver)
Thursday, May 11
Thu 5/11 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Streaming and in-person:Click for stream
Mike Mulshine will stage and perform several original songs as part of one larger concert-length composition.
Thu 5/11 7:30 PM Exploratorium [Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St SF]
Stitching the Future with Clues by Allison Leigh Holt with Kit Young and Amma Ateria
A Co-presentation with The Exploratorium as part of After Dark: Thought and Action
Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum, The Exploratorium
Thu 5/11 8:00 PM Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium [1313 Newell Road Palo Alto]
Earthwise welcomes Raffi Garabedian Octet
Raffi Garabedian Octet free concert of new music at Palo Alto Art Center
Friday, May 12
Fri 5/12 5:00 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Beyond the Grave: Writing Ghosts // performances evoking the personal and the sociological, the historical and ever-present hauntings
Fri 5/12 7:00 PM Medicine for Nightmares [3036 24th St SF]
David Boyce And Friends
Fri 5/12 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Performing on the terpsichora pressure-sensitive floors, an electronic instrument controlled by whole-body movement, Iran Sanadzadeh performs from her upcoming debut album, “Ocean, Again”.
Fri 5/12 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SARAH GRACE GRAVES, Ron Heglin AND RIC LOUCHARD